Monday, February 11

Perverse thinking: Further impoverishing the poor to teach them self-reliance

State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) wants to reduce welfare benefits for families whose students perform poorly in school:
"...current Tennessee law already stipulates that parents whose children do not attend school can lose 20 percent of their benefits from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program. Campfield’s bill 'raises the penalty to 30 percent of benefits' if a child isn’t making 'satisfactory' progress in school, he wrote."
I cannot think of a better way to respond to this than Twitter user @linewrench: Further impoverishing the poor to teach them self-reliance doesn't make sense to anyone except the GOP.

Tennessee lawmaker wants to cut welfare benefits for bad report cards (Washington Post)

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